More about Summer Island Village
Summer Island Village - just relax......
Whilst there seems to be several classes of accomodation in the Maldives, they all share one common theme - they are undoubtably set in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
Summer Island does price itself at the more affordable end of the scale, but you couldn't describe it as cheap and cheerful, it is without doubt a bargain price for two weeks of sheer paradise.
Most people seem to complain about the flight on Monarch. Personally I didn't have a problem, although there wasn't a huge amount of legroom, it was adequate. The food was reasonable, the cabin crew polite and professional, the entertainment was fine and it left on time in both directions. What more could you ask?
The two weeks that we spent there in late July/early August were the most relaxing weeks of my adult life, and the kids (aged 7 and 10) were imploring me to ask the rep to extend our stay by an extra week after the third day!
The staff can truly not do enough for you. A few dollars in tips really do open doors, and crank already wide smiles even wider. The sight of one of the porters (who probably weighed as much as my 10 year old daughter, and was as slender as my 7 year old son) carrying a 26kg suitcase on his head with little apparent effort was well worth a tip! (They cheated on the departure day, and brought a wheelbarrow.)
The standard rooms could be described as basic. Okay, they don't the frills and luxuries of some of the more expensive resorts, but just remember, you can still sit in a rocking chair on the verandah in front of your room and watch the same sun go down over the same beautiful azure Indian Ocean and for half the price. Our room(s - two adjoining rooms for the four of us) was in a perfect location, twenty steps from the restaurant, and five paces from the beach. The frontage of our bungalow was the idyllic brochure picture, with palm trees brushing fine white sands washed by a brilliant blue sea.
Food and drinks were plentiful and generally very good quality, but the 'all-inclusive' isn't quite as 'all-inclusive' as some other destinations like the Carribean. You'll get your all soft drinks, as much bottled water as you can drink, locally produced beers & spirits, a huge breakfast, four course lunch and dinner and a snack at tea time, but eating (or drinking tea and coffee) outside of these times (if you've got room!!) costs extra, as does ice creams, branded spirits and liquers.
This isn't a gripe though, just a warning for you to adjust your expectations if you're lucky enough to go.
Activity, what activity?!! This holiday was always intended to be two weeks of absolute relaxation for us, so we chose not to indulge in the multitude of trips available, but instead spent the whole fortnight either on the beach, or in the water swimming and snorkelling. Summer Island may not have an inland swimming pool, but when you have a large lagoon of crystal clear water, who needs one?
One word of advice, which will be repeated on the island, is to watch the tides and currents as they can get pretty fierce.
The Serena Spa is a little piece of heaven too. Spoil yourself and go for a couple of the treatments, you certainly won't regret it as the prices (treatments vary from only a few dollars up to about $80 for a 40 minute session for two) and the setting (the Spa is set on a pier, with waves gently breaking on three sides it's all you can do not to fall asleep) is superb.
The local wildlife (which clearly the kids had to give their own names to) is a huge positive and at the same time a big negative. It is fascinating watching Freddy the big fruitbat flapping around at night, the little lizards (Izzy and Lizzy) running around the rooms, Boris the big fish (a Giant Maori Wrasse) and his thousands of friends in the lagoon who will swim up to your facemask and through your legs, and the rays who swim up to the end of the pier at 4pm every day to be fed. But I have a problem with the little section of the animal kingdom which insists on growing wings and long teeth and taking me apart one small mouthful at a time.
The standard insect repellant I had taken with me did nothing to deter them, and the bottle I bought in the gift shop did little except make them giggle a little as they flew off satisfied. So if you're susceptible to insect bites, as I am, forget DEET, just take a full suit of armour....
Weather? Well, we did go in the monsoon season apparently. This meant a bit of cloud, it was only 32 degrees instead of 33, and it rained between the hours of 11.10 and 11.20 am on a Tuesday. Wet season, I think not.
Transfers to and from the airport are either excellent or a nightmare, depending on your choice. After a 10 hour overnight flight, a two hour slow dhoni ride to the island seems to drag on forever, whereas the 15 minute seaplane trip (at only $69 per adults and $35 for children) is not long enough as it gives the most breath-taking views of the bluest seas you will ever see.
All in all, I can't fault the holiday we had. All I can do is to count the pennies up for the next time we can go!
the closes thing to paradise
This island is all inclusive, there are a few things that are not covered like ice creams. There is a cocktail of the day & others are charged. There is no need to carry money because anything you buy, even in the shop is charged & payable at the end of your stay.
Leave your shoes at home,there is only sand, even in the restaurant! Take water shoes, you dont know what is underneath you.
Good selection of food. Evening entertainment only once a week but music is played in the bar. This resort is only available in the U.K. through Cosmos We stayed in a water bungalow with a viewing window in the floor, & room service for breakfast, but would have been just as happy in a beach bungalow. Snorkel trips are run four times a day to see rays, baby sharks & turtles, although rays can be seen from the peir at about four in the afternoon or sometimes underneath you as you swim! I would recommend the submarine trip to Male. Plenty of watersports, International certificates are offered in windsurfing, diving & sailing. The best activity by far is chilling!
Check out the illuminous planktun along the beach after ten in the evening
We have just returned from a week on the Summer Island and must say we were disappointed. This was not our first visit to the Maldives- Atoll Explorer (2006) + visited Luguna Brilliant and Kurudu (2005) nice resort
My opinon of the Summer Island is that it needs to be brought up to the standards of other islands in the Maldives, it's tired and needs maintenance.
The food was terrible, lunch and dinner was always cold even if you got to the dining hall when it opened.
The house reef was not brilliant, there was disgarded sunloungers in the sea !
There were tip box's everywhere which I personnally do not like
The good points
The staff were very friendly especially Chunda in the bar and the reception staff.
The avery was a nice touch
The water bungolows are basic but nice 110 and 109 are the best situated even though water came in under the doors when it rained.
The room was cleaned everyday with fresh towels provided
Would I go back to Summer Island - no
The Maldives has many Islands resorts to explore and I am already checking out other islands to visit.
Paradise on earth
We have just returned from Summer Island and it was probably the best holiday we have ever had. It didn't start off too well with a five hour delay with the flight. As a previous reviewer stated, if you can, fly with Sri Lankan Airlines as Monarch Airlines are a shambles. We have used them twice this year and both times experieced long delays.
The transfer from Male to Summer Island was swift and efficient, something Gatwick baggage handlers should study. Definitely use the seaplane to the island, it only takes fifteen minutes and is a great experience, but make sure you have your camera handy, there are some great views up there.
The welcome to the Island is very friendly and starts off with an enjoyable cocktail. We upgraded to a water bungalo when we got there. It worked out $50 dollars a night but was well worth it, just for the glass floor alone!
The food in the restaurant is very good, but there is only so many ways to do chicken and snapper. The waiter you get on the first night is usually yours for the duration and a $20 tip is worth the attention you get. Our waiter couldn't do enough, even decorating our table on the beach on my wife's birthday. It doesn't get better than that!
We would recommend a massage; if you are with your wife or partner go for the Adam and Eve massage it's excellent.
Take plenty of film and if you can, take a decent underwater camera, there is so much to see even if you only snorkel. Make sure you see the rays every late afternoon, they swim around the end of the jetty every day and come up to be stroked, truly amazing.
The only down side to the holiday is you can't take glasses back to your room only bottles. It's annoying if you fancy a glass of wine and to sit on the balcony and watch the sun go down. It's only trivial and we couldn't work out why.
There are probably better islands in the Maldives, but apart from that previous comment about the glasses it really is paradise on earth and we would recommend this place for a holiday of a lifetime.
There are two sayings they use on the Island. The first is "No news no shoes." The second is " Take photos leave only footprints."
That really sums up this lovely place!
This was our first trip to The Maldives and mainly relied on TripAdvisor to help me decide. Very good unbiased, honest views.
So here is my honest opinion.
We arrived at Male` airport and greeted with big beaming smiles and immediate personal attention. Shown to the booking in area, then to the rest area to await a happy young man holding up a board saying `Summer Island`.
We followed him to the jetty. Naturally we were all tired due to the journey. We were taken to the Island by speed boat which took about 45 mins. A bit bumpy and perhaps not ideal for tired, motion sickness prone travellers. Perhaps the Seaplane (breath-taking 15mins) or slower dhoni boat (2 hours). Look out for the dolphins escorting you to your island.
Our cases were collected from the Island jetty by the porter boys and taken to our room. Reception greeted us with a big smile and we were shown to our rooms. We decided to have a land bungalow. Only because we were new to this island and as I said above, didn`t want to spend more than I had to, if I wasn`t going to like it..How wrong I was.
Our room was spacious,clean,light and airy. A large double bed. air conditioning, with ceiling fans to make the room even cooler. Clean linen and towels. Tip the room boy on arrival and he will bend over backwards to help you. I gave him $25 which is about a weeks wages. And boy, does he work hard. Our view was incredible. The word `Paradise` does not compare with my feelings for this holiday. The first thing that stunned me was the colours of the Maldives. White sands, blue skies,the turquoise sea, the amazing colours at sunset. wow.!!
A notice said. "You are 3 degrees above the Equator. You share this island with allsorts of creatures, please remember it is their home and you are VIP`s to their home." How true that was. I saw, lizards,spiders,ants,parrots,finches,fruit bats, hermit crabs, crabs,sharks,conger eels,sting rays,groupers,red snappers(fish), Bumble bees the size of flying oxo cubes. There were many more fish, to many to mention but what beautiful colours.
All said and done to the above..not once did any of the creatures, bite, sting, growl, hiss, or show any aggression in anyway shape or form. They literally did make you feel welcome on their island.
It is a relaxed island so, you have to learn to switch off as soon as you arrive. There is no fast pace here. just care, attention and relaxation.
The night fishing is a must. It is all set up for you and all equipment supplied. It costs about $15 (£8) and is certainly a good laugh.
Have a massage or the like at the Serena spa. You are on holiday, relax and enjoy it. We also tried Paracending. Strapped to a parachute and gently reeled out from the back of the boat. Absoulte a must to see your island and feel the tranquility from the air. You will not get wet, You take off and land on the boat. Cost ? $60 (£33) for 20mins, and that is long enough.
The restaurant has a sandy floor, in fact the only place there isn`t sand is your bungalow. The food is themed, Italian night, Asian,Mongolian,chinese. Sorry there is no British theme, so Pie and chips, roast beef and yorkshire on not on the menu. But the food is plentiful, delicious and with three 4 course meals a day..very filling. Tea and coffee is only free at meal times or between 3:30pm -5:30pm at the coofee hosue which is served with a good british sandwich, Cheese and tomato, egg or tuna. And of course `bickies` to dunk in your tea.
The sea is extremely warm and as clear as pure tap water. The fish swim up to you. So you can encounter true nature at its natural best. Snorkelling is an absoulute must to enjoy this new world. That you only see on TV or by looking at your tropical fish tank.
Finally, I would suggest you go back to Male` by seaplane. It is $69pp (£38) but well worth it. A 2 hour boat ride when totally relaxed and `gone` may not be good for you, Unless of course you like boat trips. Then you will love it. Especially if the inbound escort of dolphins are now escorting you part way to Male`.
If you want a clubbing, busy, noisy, holiday..go to Spain. If you want to go to, be part of and visit Paradise then go to the Maldives.
I hope that this honest opionion is of some use to you all. I will be going back to the Maldives, because visiting paradise once in your life is an achievement, to have to opportunity to re-visit is simply...Paradise.
Just what we wneeded
Having planned our trip without the aid of an agent, we were a little nervous of what to expect, especially having chosen a resort that was substancially cheaper than some of the others on offer.
Wow there was no need to worry.
We were going to celebrate our one year anniversary. it was perfect.
As there were no direct flights, we had to go via Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan airlines, That was fine though to be honest.
After we arrived at the tiny airport after a short wait the speedboat was ready to take us to the resort. in just about an hour we were there.
i couldnt believe it when the boat turned it (i was little nervous that it might be a dump)
The sea was clear with the varaities of fish breathtaking. A little piece of the world that was perfect!
If you are expecting luxury and a strict formal agenda, then don't go.
If you want a casual come as you like holiday this is for you.
The water bungalows were worth the extra and we even turned the bed round so that we woke up to the ocean.
I would recommend this resort to people who are there to enjoy the natural beauty of the maldives. Not so much for those who need the material things such as food, rooms etc to be absolutely mind blowingly luxorious,
The food was OK, not brilliant, lunches seemed to be just like dinner,even though the bar served a variety sandwiches with salad and fries for around $3us (we found that worth it).
The night fishing trip was awesome, we caught a range of red snapper then ate it for dinner, The sea was lke a mill-pond so even the people scared of boats can go!! Don't expect a rod though. it was more like a line and hook, similar to a crabbing kit..
Brilliant time, desperate to return
Me and my husband stayed in the water bunglows and it was great,we had a glass floor where u can look at fish,sharks,stingray absolutley fantastic,and you get a fridge so u can out drinks in and u have aircon.
You can not go wrong on this holiday as it is a holiday of a life time the people are so friendly and the food is out of this world,these people work so hard to make u happy on this holiday and working in the heat for them must be hard but they never moan they just keep smiling all the time.
When u get to the island there will b 2 men that will carry your cases 2 your room so b polite and give them a few dollars each, the smile u get from them is well worth it.Oh and when u get off the boat and u walk down the jetty take note of the fish i have never seem anything like it excellent i give the holiday 10 stars.
We went here for our honeymoon at the beginning of August for 14 nights, and we had a fantastic time, met some great people and got some quality dives in, what more could we want!
When we arrived, we were greeted by the manager with a welcome drink, then the room boys carried our cases to our room, we had a room on the rear side of the island, and while the view was gorgeous, we couldn't get straight down to the beach due to excess foliage and some kind of man made breakwater, we tried to live with it for a bit, but decided we would be happier on the other side of the island, so the following morning we trooped off to reception and they gave us a list of all the rooms that were free, so we walked around and chose number 6, which was brilliant, if you go, try and get a room numbered 4-20, as in my opinion, they are the best on the island.
We had a look round a water bungalow that one of our friends was in, and although very nice, I still prefered being on the beach!
The food on the island was of a good standard, if a little repetitive, breakfast was lovely and lunch and dinner always had plenty of things to choose from, the menu changed each night, with mexican and indian nights being particularly good. However, no matter what night it was, "generic chicken" always appeared, this was chicken in the same brown sauce, although what they called it changed every night!
The staff are fantastic, nothing is too much trouble for them, you have the same waiter and the same table for the duration of your stay, and this allows you to have a good banter with your waiter! As with many hotels, they are not very well paid, so even the smallest of tips is appreciated, and they certainly deserve it.
The free snorkelling trips that the Island offers isn't great, we actually saw much more around the island's pier than on the trips, there are 4 massive rays that swim around the end of the pier most afternoon, and they are more than happy to play with you! I would reccommend that you don't do the trip to Male itself, it was, in our opinion a day wasted, we only went because we needed a new memory card for our camera!
We would reccommend the night fishing trip to anyone, it is great fun, even if you don't catch anything (me), the island hopping trip is good too, and the trip to the inhabited island is a real eye opener!
Finally a few tips...
Book Seaplane transfers, they are definately worth it.
If you can, get a sri lankan air flight, I heard some horror stories about the Monarch flights!
Buy a snorkel before you go, as the ones they sell in resort are not very good!
I have to agree with the last review by Frizziepop, the food was just like school diners, very little choice, cold in some cases and the variety was non-existant.
We were there for 14 days and for most of that time did not feel well at all (we were not the only ones).
Queueing for the 5 troughs of food just reminded me of being back at school - in trough one - solid mash potato, in two carrots & beans, in three rice, in 4 either beef, undercooked chicken or lamb chop in 5 - fish (the sauce just changed everyday).
Dessert always seem to be bananas & custard.
In general the food did not taste of much either, in 14days I would say we had 2 good meals in the evening/lunchtime.
we have been to 3 other islands in the Maldives and the food was very very good , here it was terrible.
The so called basic rooms are basic - just a bed , no TV, No Fridge, no room to swing a cat.
What was also annoying on the last day we were haunted by the room staff for tips, firstly they stood and waited for us to leave the room then basically shadowed us until a tip was given.
There are some good staff on the Island - some of the bar staff are good, Mr Waheed is very good and the security staff are very friendly, so with the base of this staff they just need to improve the food, there needs to be more choice each meal time and better quality.
We would not go back .
Honeymoon in the Maldives
"Maldives Paradise Islands"
I visited the Maldives in June on my honeymoon, the weather for this time of year was unpredictable, but we had the best 2weeks ever.
The Waterbungalows are a good choice if you can afford it, the little extras they have are worth while.
Summer Island is a lovely small Island which is very informal everywhere you go from the restaurant and the bars sand is everywhere, it is so nice to walk around bare foot for 2 weeks.
The sand is white and fine and very clean, it also gets very hot in the midday sun.
Just like in the holiday brouchure.
Summer Island Village
If anyone is worried about going to Summer Island Village because they read the bad review from Spottydog, I just want to say that we returned from there on Monday and we could not agree with that review at all. It was indeed paradise to us, the staff were very friendly and polite and could not do enough for us. The food was also excellent, everything came up to our expectations and we couldn't find a single person who had anything bad to say about it (quite a few had read the bad review and were worried).
It is only a 3 star resort so you can't expect it to match up to a 5 star resort but it was a wonderful place, worth every penny it cost and we will go back!
I'm so glad we didn't cancel after we read the review from Spottydog, it just goes to show that everyone sees things from a different point of view.
So if you have booked to go to Summer Island Village, go with confidence, you will love it!
Summer Island Village
Thinking about booking for Summer Island Village, has anyone been, can you give some info.
How long did it take to get from Male to Summer Island,was it by speed boat or seaplane
Were there many children there(hoping not)
Is there house reef OK for snorkelling - not very low tide
What is the accomadation like are the standard rooms ok or is it worth paying extra for a water bungalow.
I am wanting peace and quiet for 2 weeks hoping this will be the place to go.
RE: Summer Island Village
Although I'm not going to Summer Isalnd until next year - I had many questions like yours.
Here is the link to the Summer Island website - many of your questions will be answered in the Guestbook.
I think it looks like the idyllic plce for 2 weeks chilling out. My husband and I are travelling from the UK with Cosmos and we've booked a water bungalow, although there seems to be excellent beach bungalow accomodation as well.
Hope this helps
summer island -weather at the end of October
Am looking to book a weeks holiday to Summer Island and am now worried that it will rain there for most of my week,Is this so??
Any tips or info you have on this island will be greatly recieved thanks x
Re: summer island -weather at the end of October
Weather is a bit of a lottery but the time you are looking at,is the dryer season but nothing especially the weather is guaranteed - also have a look at the holiday's website - it may help answer your questions on info
Re: summer island -weather at the end of October
you can never predict when there would be rain or not..
Re: summer island -weather at the end of October
I was at the same period, but a bit Souther - Ari Atoll, the advantage of this time - moderate sun. Rain was always everyday, mainly in second half of day or at night but it was short, almost invisible and light, so you can walk and swim without problems. Contra+ are: because of light wind, sea is not so good for snorkeling - small waves don't allow to stay in one place so you lose possibility to see some most "sensitive" animals like turtles. But majority of fishes don't pay attention on you at all, so they "compensate" this Contra )))
Another Contra is that we were unable to take part in night fishing (woke up at 4 am twice, but it was cancelled because of weather conditions) anyway other people who was more lucky or more patient had nice fishing at last)))